After we left Niagara Falls, we drove 2 hours east to a little town in upstate New York called Palmyra. It is here that my church believes that Joseph Smith saw Jesus Christ and God in a vision. In a place we call the Sacred Grove.
The Sacred Grove has a very special feeling in it. I talked to the kids about being quiet and how this is a special place. They were VERY good, and very quiet. And even though we were looking for my brother and his family (we never did catch up with him here), it was a very peaceful and spiritual time for all of us.
We walked past the Smith Farm and headed to the Palmyra Temple.
And here we met up with MusicMan’s family!
These two were thick as thieves and got everyone running.
From the Temple, we went over to the Hill Cumorah, where Joseph Smith met the Angel Moroni and received the gold plates that he translated into the Book of Mormon. We went to the visitor’s center first and then hiked the hill.
The sunset was beautiful that night, and Flower was having a great time. This is not her first time being here (me either) but first for the kids.
The monument on the hill.
It was so much fun to spend time with my brother here. And for the kids to spend time with their cousins!
After a very loud and tiring dinner at McD’s, we came to the hotel room and totally crashed.
And the fun is not over yet!